Pumpkin Quinoa Pudding with Rum-Soaked Dates & Raisins

by Jenn on October 21, 2009

in Desserts,Gluten Free

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Ah yes, more pumpkin deliciousness!  Why?  Well, any other time of the year, pumpkin just seems, well, out of place.  So during the Autumn, the height of this pumpkin season, I am making as much as I can with pumpkin!  Well, until everyone in my house gets tired of it and doesn’t want to see pumpkin again for another year, haha.

This recipe is my submission to this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free, hosted by Life, Gluten Free.  The theme is pumpkin treats, and I couldn’t think of anything that was more of a treat than this decadent quinoa pudding with rum soaked fruit and pumpkin together.  I had wanted to make a pudding with quinoa for a long time, because rice pudding and tapioca seem boring after making them pretty regularly, and quinoa readily absorbs moisture and flavor, so I thought it would work well in this type of dish.  Quinoa is more nutritious as well, and despite the candy-rich taste to this pudding, I don’t actually think it is that bad for you.  It definitely tastes more indulgent than it actually is.  The rum-soaked dates and raisins and maple syrup make it very rich – ok, so it is indulgent, who am I kidding?  But because it is so rich, I would recommend serving this in relatively small portions – like 1/2 cup size.  We first had it for dessert, then the next day we had it for breakfast….hey it’s not less healthy than pouring a bunch of maple syrup and brown sugar on your oatmeal right? Except that this is gluten free so my husband can enjoy it as well :)

This is a blend of flavors I had not combined together before, but they worked very nicely – you can clearly taste the pumpkin, the maple syrup, and the rum in the fruit too, but they work in concert well without any being particularly overpowering.

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VeggieGirl October 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Holy yum creation!

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Lauren October 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Pumpkin & quinoa? Sounds like my breakfast =D. This looks delicious, and turning breakfast into dessert can’t be a bad idea either!

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Branny October 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm

What a great creation.

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Marisa October 22, 2009 at 2:21 am

This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it! :)

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Diane-The WHOLE Gang October 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

Ok, you had me at rum. Not sure I should have it for breakfast, but could make for a fun day! Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix. I’m going to give this a try with coconut milk to make it dairy free.

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Heather @ Life, Gluten Free October 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Beautiful presentation and nice recipe. Thanks for participating! Be sure to check my blog to see the round-up.

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Iris October 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Sounds like a great mix of flavors and exactly the kind of thing I love for breakfast!

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gfe--gluten free easily October 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

That’s a gorgeous photo! All the flavors must be amazing. I have some of that rum … hmmmm.

Shirley

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Kim, The Food Allergy Coach October 31, 2009 at 11:03 am

What a great idea! I’m going to give it a try!

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Brian November 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I never would have thought to put quinoa and pumpkin together. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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Stephanie Quilao November 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Pumpkin & Quinoa sounds like a match made in my mouth’s heaven lol! What a great recipe.

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Jessica October 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I had no idea you had a pumpkin quinoa recipe! I just posted one on my blog :) I love yours! I will have to try it!

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Jenn October 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Thanks!

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